Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Closing Price $28.98
Vice President Terry Myerson of the Windows Phone division said that its Windows Phone operating system has an opportunity to entice Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) users, since it offers a more exciting and smoother experience, according to Bloomberg. Myerson called Apple’s iOS software “boring,” with icons across the bottom that offer sparce information or flexibility at a conference in New York, adding that Google Android is “a mess,” with too many different versions of the operating software in use. Microsoft wants to make inroads with Windows Phone to exploit increasing demand for devices, and had 2.6 percent of the smartphone operating system market in the fourth quarter, says the research firm IDC, up from 1.5 percent year-over-year from 2012. That figure lagged Android’s by 70 percent, iOS’s 21 percent, and BlackBerry’s (NASDAQ:BBRY) 3.2 percent.